Tua Yeua

Unknown Primate of Southeast Asia.

Etymology: Possibly a misspelling of the Thai (Tai) words tua yai, "big thing" or "big monkey thing."

Physical description: Like an orangutan, but larger than a gibbon. Dark-red hair. Behavior: Can stand on two legs. Distribution: Southern Myanmar; Thailand. Significant sightings: In the 1880s, a man named Davison saw a dark-red primate standing erect in southern Myanmar. Around the same time, an army captain named Bingham acquired a dead Tua yeua; he preserved the skeleton, but it has since been lost. Possible explanations:

(1) The dark-brown Stump-tailed macaque (Macaca arctoides) is known in the area and has a bare, red face and forehead and only a vestigial tail. It usually travels in troops and is quadrupedal.

(2) An unknown species of monkey similar to the Ren-XiOng of China.

(3) A Wildman of the Chinese Ye-Ren variety.

Sources: William Thomas Blanford, The Fauna of British India: Mammalia (London: Taylor and Francis, 1888-1891); Jeffrey A. McNeely and Paul Spencer Wachtel, Soul of the Tiger (New York: Doubleday, 1988), pp. 257-258, 263, 266; Bobbie Short, "Examination of the Nomenclature of Indonesian Mystery Hominids," Crypto 3, no. 4 (August 2000): 10-16, on line at http://www.strangeark.com/crypto/Crypto8. pdf; Bobbie Short, "Thailand's Tua Yeua, Sumatra's Orang Kubu, the Orang Dalam, Orang Gadang and Beruang Rambai and the Orang Pendek," http://www.n2.net/ prey/bigfoot/creatures/kubu.htm.

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